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AJAX: "Stronger Than Dirt!"

Computational biologist and blogger Neil Saunders invites his bioinformatics-loving peers to try out AJAX when building their next web applications. He takes his readers through a programmatic step-by-step, showing them how to write the code for a simple form page.  The form allows users to select a given gene UID from the NCBI Gene Database and then returns with the associated protein name -- all without having to reload the page.

Calling it the "
AJAX
equivalent of 'Hello World,'" this morning's post might go better with two shots of espresso, rather than one.  Or, a bowl of oatmeal, depending on how far along you are in your
AJAX tutorial.

The Scan

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.